"Solid speculative fiction"
He is an obsessed scientist focusing on one goal, to prove
that the mind and personality is unique using the
scientific method. Jonathan accepts a position at the
university of Michigan because they have the equipment he
needs to map brain activity and photograph minds. He is so
enthusiastic about his quest that he has most of the
students and faculty volunteering to be research subjects.
At a conference where he tries to the sell the concept that
all people do not think alike due to personality
differences he meets and falls in love with Alynn Reed.
They move in together and between his love life and
research, he is a very happy man. An anomoly appears in
his research showing two identical brain matrixes, that of
a five-year-old boy and of a deceased senior citizen who
died just before the child was born. Alynn suggests it is
the same mind in two different bodies and that proves
reincarnation is a reality. When Alynn is murdered, a
grief stricken Jonathan tries to prove that Alynn's belief
system is correct despite the humiliation he receives at
the hands of his colleagues and the suspicions of the
police who consider him a suspect in his lover's death.
Michael Kube-McDowell tackles some very tough questions
that have haunted mankind down through the centuries. The
protagonist is stuck on one paradigm until the evidence
takes him in another direction, a journey where the data
embraces a different scientific theory scorned by his
peers. VECTORS is good work of speculative fiction, filled
with wonder and hope.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 1, 2002
From one of the most original voices in imaginative fiction
comes a stunning novel of suspense and speculation, as a
scientist seeking to uncover the mystery of human
consciousness finds himself in a desperate search for
Dr. Jonathan Briggs is a gifted neuroscientist researching
the existence of the human soul. Working at one of the
world's top facilities, he has access to the latest
technology. He also has the enthusiastic support of his
lover, Alynn Reed, who made her fortune as a creator of
virtual reality games that have broken every barrier. Alynn
believes in reincarnation, which Jonathan scoffs at--until
he begins to note strange anomalies in his research.
Then Jonathan's life is suddenly, shockingly turned upside
down. No longer the dispassionate scientist, he begins a
fevered, reckless effort to go beyond belief to proof.
Ridiculed by his colleagues and the tabloid media, hounded
by the police, Jonathan finds himself in a frenzied race
against time, memory, and his own mortality. As he journeys
deeper into the labyrinth of the human psyche, he moves
nearer the place where past and future intersect,
identities mingle, and death is the beginning of the most
amazing adventure of all.